Update to Reputation Monitoring Guide

Just a heads-up that I’ve added an update to the Online Reputation Monitoring Beginners Guide. Simply scroll to the end of the post for the extra tools we’ve added.

If you’ve not already added to del.icio.us or Yahoo My Web, you can do so using the “ADD TO” links at the bottom of the guide – that way you’ll always have it close to hand. See how we’re always thinking of you? ;-)

Google and Ask Increase Audience Share

It’s not really surprising that Google continues to dominate search share in the US. What may be surprising to many is that Ask is seeing the largest increase in audience share.

Year-over-year, Google and Ask showed strong search query gain of 29.4% and 27.9%, respectively, while the other search providers in the top five declined. On a sequential basis, Google and Ask also showed the highest growth at 8.3% and 14.6% respectively.

I know, I know. It’s easier to see larger percentage increases when you start with the lowest number, but who doesn’t believe that 2006 is going to be Ask’s breakout year?

Via Battelle.

Channel Sponsors

Advertising Images in Google Maps

Over at the FI blog, Mike Marshall shares details of a new initiative by Google to bring advertising to Google Maps.

Verizon SuperPages and Google Make a Pact

CNET reports Google and Verizon SuperPages are teaming up. The new deal will see Verizon SuperPages sell ads on the Google AdWords platform.

Google Deletes Own Official Blog

While you were sleeping; Google mistakenly deleted their own blog; someone else registered the same blogspot subdomain and had ownership for a few hours; Google realized their mistake; now all is well. :-)

Speed Pitches Offers No-Hassle Vendor Evaluation

I’m a guy that likes to “cut to the chase”, if ever we meet and you have an agenda, feel free to hit me with it. That’s the reason I’m liking the idea of SpeedPitches, a new service that matches busy business owners with local vendors.

I’ve seen this type of thing work well – recently at a Frost & Sullivan event in Phoenix – and often helps both sides quickly determine if there’s a connection worth pursuing.

The first SpeedPitches event takes place May 18th in London and focuses on SEO/SEM.

SpeedPitches is the brainchild of Denise Russell and Chris Ridings. From the forthcoming press release…

Watch Your Search Engine Language

Jordan Glogau takes a look at the semantics of search and wonders who came up with all of these misnomers.

Take the term sponsored, what links aren’t sponsored? Did a link happen by magic? Did a web site get teleported from Neptune and appear in a web server?…Even Search Engine Optimizer is an overstated phrase. You aren’t optimizing the search engine, you’re optimizing a web site in order to rank better on a search engine.

Any others that drive you crazy?